We asked this very busy woman a few questions about her volunteering activities recently and this is what she had to say.
How long have you been volunteering for?
“I have been volunteering ever since i retired 11 years ago.”
Where are you currently volunteering?
“I volunteer for Neighbourhood Watch, St Lawrences Church, Geraldton Visitors Centre, Pensioners Social Club, Midwest Action Group, RFDS Geraldton Fundraising Committee, Nazareth House, CWA, PCYC, Community Safe & Crime, Geraldton-Greenough Farmers Market & Friends of the University.”
Please describe your volunteer roles.
“I fundraise for Neighbourhood Watch by organizing 4 sausage sizzles a year at Bunnings. We raise money so children can attend their school camps. I also volunteer to help raise funds for RFDS to help cover the cost of new and vital lifesaving medical equipment. I fundraise and am a member with CWA & PCYC. I am also a Meet & Greet Volunteer with the Visitors Centre when cruiseships come to Geraldton. We assist by directing them to places and answering any of their questions and just being a friendly face when they get off the boat. This is a great role as I meet a lot of different people from a lot of different places and get to find out where they have been (and it gives me ideas of my next cruise!) I volunteer each Saturday morning at the Geraldton-Greenough Farmers Market in the Breakfast Stall. I also volunteer each week at Nazareth House by visiting the residents.”
What do you enjoy about your volunteering?
“I love mixing with people as I am a bubbly person. I have met so many lifelong friends through volunteering. Volunteering also gives me an opportunity to meet different people involved in different groups which allows me to find out more about what services there is available in Geraldton. I feel privileged to be able to volunteer and help in any way I can.:
What is your most memorable volunteering experience and why?
“Just being able to meet and become friends with so many different people. It is also very nice to be needed and to be able to make a difference in your community.”